Jeg har blitt mer Norsk

Etter fem år i Norge, tror jeg at jeg nå har blitt vant til alle forskjeller mellom Australia og Norge. Jeg tenker ikke lenger på hva som er vanlig i hjemlandet mitt og hvordan det er annerledes enn her. Men nå, som familien min er på besøk, hører jeg igjen alt som er ulikt mellom mine to land.

Jeg husker da jeg flyttet hit, at det var vanskelig å finne mat som lignet maten i Australia. Nå tenker jeg ikke lenger noe på det. Utfordringen nå er å ha variasjon nok i hverdagsmaten, og å holde familien min fornøyd 😉 Men de siste ukene har jeg tenkt på dette, fordi min Australske familie synes at maten vi har her er ganske forskjellige fra den maten de er vant til hjemme. Og jeg har en utfordring i å lage middag til ni istedenfor fire!

 

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Heldigvis har de vært litt åpne for å prøve noe nytt, ikke alltid, eller alle av dem, men de har prøvd. Det har ikke alltid vært en suksess, men regelen hos oss er at det er ok hvis du ikke liker det, men du må prøve! Så, reinsdyr gikk ganske greit men ikke moltesyltetøy!

I tillegg er det noen små ting de peker ut som er annerledes, men sånn er det når du besøker et annet land. Vi kan ikke reise rundt i verden og håpe at det er akkurat slik som vi har det i hjemlandet. Det viktigste når vi reiser er å være åpne for å oppleve alt som er nytt!

Klem,

 

Karen

 

 

 

Sunday closing…

Is Norway so different to Australia?

It is not a simple question to answer. Sure, we have similarities, but also there are things that are so very different between my two home countries.  Because of this reason, I have decided to break it down into bits and pieces!

One of the first things that struck me when I arrived was that there was nothing open on a Sunday…. This seemed so “old fashioned” initially, as I had lived in two different countries, and done some traveling, but had never before experienced the “closing” of a country on the weekend.

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So, what do Norwegians do on a Sunday if they need to do some shopping? Drive to Sweden of course!  We are lucky to live only 40 minutes’ drive from the Swedish border, so if we feel the need to shop with the rest of Norway, we will take a “tur” there on a Sunday. Otherwise, we do what many others do, and that is shop frantically on a Saturday and then enjoy Sunday with the family!

The other side of Sunday closing, is that it is a very family oriented day!  Families “gå på tur” i.e. go for walks in nature, meet up with other families, and are generally together on this day!  So, when looking at it from this direction, Sunday closing is a pretty good thing!

I am now accustomed to Sunday closing, although that doesn´t mean I am always prepared for it. There are times that we need to drive to the little “søndagsåpentbutikk” (the small part of a food shop that has a limited amount of stock available and has limited opening hours), to shop for things that we desperately need for the day!

I am still undecided about where I stand on Sunday opening, as I can see both sides of the picture, and I have adjusted my life around it, but I do know that I really enjoy family time on Sundays!

What are your thoughts?

Hugs,

Karen

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